Meet Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club's Meet Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club's

Meet Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club's

Tom & Anna

For a young couple and their friend who were all grinding in a city that lacks celestial stars (read NYC), it was the Willowemoc Creek's spell that compelled them to switch off and move to a hamlet in Sullivan County, Livingston Manor. Tom Roberts, Anna Åberg and Mikael Larsson had developed a love for fly fishing which became an excuse to explore their connection to nature.

In 2017, they opened up their wild weekend escape to the public. It's the secret place where the most fashionable New York escapists learn how to fly fish, forage and be one with nature.

Here's a Q&A with Tom and Anna where they discuss their take on luxury, and why slowing down and a sense of community is part of their principles.

If you're new to the escapist movement, Tom, Anna, pictured, and Mikael have created a list of rules that'll help you disconnect.  One of the rule's is that although fly fishing is in the name, they're more than a fishing club. If you have better means than fishing to achieve serenity in nature, this is the place for you. But remember that cell phones and laptops are frowned upon. Read the entire list<a href="https://livingstonmanorflyfishingclub.com/blog/2017/8/24/every-club-has-its-rules-gzkcr" title=" here" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> here</a>.

If you're new to the escapist movement, Tom, Anna, pictured, and Mikael have created a list of rules that'll help you disconnect. One of the rule's is that although fly fishing is in the name, they're more than a fishing club. If you have better means than fishing to achieve serenity in nature, this is the place for you. But remember that cell phones and laptops are frowned upon. Read the entire list here.

How did this all start?
We were drawn to the Catskills because of its wild natural environment and slower, more connected pace of life. After years spent working in New York City, we were craving nature. We needed to work with our hands and see the real, physical results of our labor. The town of Livingston Manor initially drew us because of its fly fishing heritage, but it was the strong sense of community and collaboration that exists and grows among its residents that ultimately convinced us to make the leap full time.

Can you describe LMFFC?
Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club is neither a sports club nor a hotel. It’s a place to gather people, to reconnect them with nature and with one another on a more meaningful level. It’s a modern interpretation of fly fishing traditions.
At LMFFC, the catch of the day, cooked over a fire pit, becomes dinner.

At LMFFC, the catch of the day, cooked over a fire pit, becomes dinner.

The essence of the sport — the process of slowing down, getting outside, developing a deeper understanding of the natural world, and sharing the experience with like-minded people — is just as important for us. While we encourage fishing, we’re not prescriptive. The same results are just as easily achieved by having a riverside sauna, foraging in the woods or simply sitting outside around a crackling fire — all activities available and encouraged here.

“...what we find is that people arrive as strangers, and through shared experiences in nature, they leave as friends. The connection is far deeper than one you would develop through an encounter at a bar or in an artificial environment.”

— Tom & Anna on the encounters at the club.


What do you want to offer your guests?
We want to offer our guests a sense of community and a newfound appreciation for nature developed through first-hand experience. From the layout of the houses to the communal dinners and hikes, it’s very different from the typical anonymous hotel experience and can be jarring for some people when they arrive.
It sounds cliché, but what we find is that people arrive as strangers, and through shared experiences in nature, they leave as friends. The connection is far deeper than one you would develop through an encounter at a bar or in an artificial environment.

Secondly, we encourage people to get outside whatever the weather may be. We provide guides and activities as well as Stutterheim raincoats, rain boots and Sandqvist backpacks to facilitate this. The result is a revelation that the great outdoors doesn’t have to be a brief encounter on a sunny day, or a stroll in the park with a coffee, but an ever-changing environment that rewards those who truly immerse themselves in it — in all weather conditions. It’s equally important that when you return, the indoors should feel like a warm embrace and a place to rejuvenate, reflect on experiences you’ve had and dream of adventures still to come. Lexington Company, with all the luxurious comforts of home, has been the perfect partner for us to give our guests that feeling.
All of this follows the guiding principles of “Homestedt,” our company that we launched earlier this year. It will expand the experiences and design of LMFFC and the content around it to partner with properties around the Catskills and beyond.

What is luxury for you?
In a time when you have instant access to almost everything just through a few clicks, slowing down, getting into nature, and experiencing a slice of a simpler, more peaceful life becomes luxury. A conversation undisrupted by a buzzing phone is luxury.
The healing power of nature combined with the comforts of home and good company is luxury.